April 23, 2019
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Congratulations Tucson Village Farm
  3. Maricopa County Fair Video
  4. Natural Resource Conservations Workshop for Arizona Youth (NRCWAY) Camp
  5. Training Repository Suggestions Box
  6. New Extension Publication
  7. WRRC Brown Bag Seminar
  8. Hygiene Supply Drive - ends Friday
  9. New Hire Orientation
  10. The Garden Kitchen Culinary Classes

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director  

The use of extension education methods can be traced back to the early days of this nation, primarily in terms of communicating and disseminating agricultural information and new discoveries (Eberly and Shroyer, 2000).  For example, the Philadelphia Agricultural Society that formed in 1785 exercised some classic extension-type education methods.  The Massachusetts Agricultural Society was conducting meetings in 1792 that were probably among the first extension-type meetings in the U.S. (Kelsey and Hearn, 1955).

Following the passage of the Morrill Act in 1862, establishing a Land Grant Institution (LGI) in every state, the dissemination of new knowledge and information was directed out from LGI campuses into their respective states.  In Kansas in 1868 the Kansas Board of Regents directed the Kansas Agricultural College to conduct a series of lectures and educational programs across the state (Rasmussen, 1989).

By 1910 University of Arizona professors were meeting regularly with farmers, ranchers, and citizens of Arizona with lectures and extension-type education programs in church basements and school houses statewide.  In 1912 the University of Arizona Demonstration Train went into operation on the Southern Pacific and the El Paso & Southwestern railroad lines that created mobile classrooms delivering extension programs throughout Arizona.

Extension was formalized with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act in 1914. However, extension education has consistently been a core element of the mission and operation of the UA from the very beginning of the university and we continue with that same mission in the 21st century.

Eberly, W.M. and J.P. Shroyer.  2000. Are Traditional Extension Methodologies Extinct or Just
        Endangered? J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 29:135.140.

Kelsey, L.D., and C.C. Hearne. 1955. Cooperative extension work. 2nd ed. Comstock Publ. Assoc., 
        Ithaca, NY

Rasmussen, W.D. 1989. Taking the university to the people: Seventy-five years of cooperative 
        extension. Iowa State Univ. Press, Ames, IA.

Congratulations Tucson Village Farm

The University of Arizona has been selected for the 2019 Culture of Health LGU Award. The Tucson Village Farm FARMacy Program is an excellent example of an interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral approach. 

The Well Connected Communities initiative offers a Culture of Health award to a Land Grant University (LGU) that has been a leader in healthy living programming in their community. This work should have a focus on health equity and inclusion, address one or more of the social determinants of health, and successfully engage in youth-adult partnerships.  As an award winner, the University of Arizona will receive $9,000 to help continue healthy living programming. The University of Arizona and Tucson Village Farm will also be recognized at the National Health Outreach Conference (NHOC) Awards Luncheon in May.

Maricopa County Fair Video

Why is the County Fair so important in 4-H? It's about goal setting, hard work, and learning life skills, too. Here's a look at the Maricopa County Fair, and how much "4-hers" are invested.

Natural Resource Conservations Workshop for Arizona Youth (NRCWAY) Camp

Natural Resource Conservations Workshop for Arizona Youth (NRCWAY) is an exciting opportunity for youth entering grades 8 - 12 in 2019 to explore the great outdoors and experience the thrill of a unique adventure. The 55th Annual NRCWAY is an interactive camp bringing together the latest in science and natural resource technology.
NRCWAY is held at Mingus Mountain in the Prescott National Forest from July 15-19, 2019. This is a hands-on residential camp where youth will have many opportunities to discover nature by conducting experiments and completing outdoor projects. Various group activities such as fishing, archery, hiking, swimming, volleyball & horseshoes will be available during free time.
The application deadline is May 1, 2019.


Training Repository Suggestions Box

How would you like to have a one stop shop for all things training related?

   •  A place where you could let others know of training and professional development 
      opportunities you already know about that you think are useful 
    A place where you can request training that may not yet exist
    A place where you can request existing training that you are not sure where to look for it

Look no more!  The Training and Development Task Force is pleased to announce the training repository suggestion box. Your entries will be automatically emailed to the Training and Development Employee Engagement Task Force, Pam Denney, Hanh Do, and Karen Pizzuto, as well as the leaders of the employee engagement initiative, Heather Roberts-Wrenn and Dominic Rodriguez.

We will be coalescing submissions around Friday 5/3, so if you can submit your suggestions by that date, that would be ideal.


New Extension Publication

Asian Longhorned Tick, an Invasive Tick in the United States
Shujuan (Lucy) Li, Dawn H. Gouge, Kathleen Walker, Al Fournier
The Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is also known as the cattle tick or bush tick. It is native to East Asia: China, Korea, Japan, and well established in Australia and New Zealand. It is also an invasive tick species in the United States. This tick is a serious pest of livestock and wildlife in several countries (Heath 2016, Guan et al. 2010). If the Asian longhorned tick becomes established in Arizona, it could become a serious threat to livestock, wildlife, and pets.


WRRC Brown Bag Seminar

Date/Time:  April 24, 2019 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Location:  WRRC, Sol Resnick Conference Rm. (350 N. Campbell Ave.)

Speaker:  Tanya M. Quist, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Plant Sciences. Director, University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
Join us for this talk aimed at empowering urban communities through understanding principles and practices of horticultural science and through exploration of resources and tools available.

Hygiene Supply Drive

As a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2019, Ashley Bickel (Agricultural & Resource Economics/Cooperative Extension) is a proud to host a hygiene supply drive to support the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF), providing free toiletries to all Tucson Unified School District students and families.
The supply drive will be held Friday, April 12th through Friday, April 26th. Donations can be dropped off in the green boxes in McClelland Park (1st floor lobby) and Forbes (1st floor lobby). 
Hygiene supplies needed include: shampoo, conditioner, bar soap, dental floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, razors, and laundry detergent (pods). Other hygiene supplies welcome!
Should anyone have questions or if you would like to arrange a pick up, please email Ashley Bickel.
For more information on the Greater Tucson Leadership Program go to:  https://greatertucsonleadership.org/
For more information about the GTL & EEF hygiene pantry project, see this local news coverage:

New Hire Orientation

New Hire Orientation and Check-in: One Way ALVSCE is Ensuring We’re the Most Sought-After Place
Beginning in September 2018 ALVSCE’s  Assistant Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Heather Roberts-Wrenn, and our HR Organizational Consultant have led a short biannual welcome to new employees (folks hired between 3 and 9 months ago) throughout the division.  They are given a brief introduction to the structure and purpose behind our organization from the Onboarding Video and our shared governance groups, then our HR Organizational Consultant checks-in with them on how they’re settling into their new role and unit.  Ensuring our new employees understand our mission and how to navigate through their new environment is part of our foundational goal to be the most sought-after place to be part of.
Our next New Hire Orientation and Check-in will take place on Monday 4/29 from 12:15-12:45 in Marley 230 and is also available via Zoom.
If you’re a new hire and feel you may have been missed, or perhaps the email went to your spam folder, please reach out to Heather Roberts-Wrenn 

The Garden Kitchen Culinary Classes

Thursday, May 09, 2019  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn how to make mouthwatering meringues that should be in every baker's repertoire! Plus, find out how to incorporate meringues into your everyday cooking with ease.

Class fee $55.00 per participant, you will enjoy all dishes made.
Friday, May 31, 2019   10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Tired of the same summer recipes and salads? Well this is the class for you!  Learn how to transform your typical salad to a decadent meal. Salads and summer recipes are quick, easy and healthy. Discover new flavor combinations and preparation techniques that will have your taste buds delighted.

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made.
Asian Flavor Hands-On Cooking Class   
Wednesday, June 19, 2019  10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Learn a variety of Asian inspired dishes as well as common flavor pairings, so you can experiment and create your own dishes at home!

Skills taught: Creating a soup stock, proper technique to roll a spring roll, stir-fry technique, and flavor combinations to create balanced Asian style dishes.

Garden Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce 
Soba Noodle Stir-fry with Mirin and Soy 
Coconut Lemongrass Soup with Shrimp
Special demonstration of the five elements of Chinese flavor, so that you can combine salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and spicy flavors at home for your own Asian inspired dishes.

Class fee $55.00 per participant, includes lunch of all dishes made. 

All proceeds from these classes go towards our free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.

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